Police investigate two overnight fires in town

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – Members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating a garage fire and a residence located in the Walleye Trailer Park.

In the early hours of the First of November 2022, in the Town of Fort Frances, OPP alongside the Fort Frances Fire Department responded to a garage fire on Third Street West and a residence in the Walleye Trailer Park. There are no reported injuries, the damage was limited to the garage and immediate surrounding area. The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation by the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal.

A house on 3rd Street West in Fort Frances was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of November 1. On the same night, a trailer in Walleye Trailer Park was destroyed by fire. Police are seeking information from the public. – Alex Denby photo

The OPP is requesting members of the public to call 1-888-310-1122 for any information related to the fire. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access their website at ontariocrimestoppers.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Minors charged with murder

(KENORA, ON) -The Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has now confirmed that a suspicious death in the community of Wabaseemoong on October 27, 2022, is a homicide. 

A forensic post-mortem examination was completed on October 31, 2022, at the Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex in Toronto. The deceased has been identified as Raymond LAND, 42-years-old, of Wabaseemoong.

Two young people, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, have been arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

 A 14 and a 17-year-old have both been charged with:

  • Second Degree Murder contrary to Section 235 (1)
  • Break and Enter and Commit an Indictable Offence contrary to Section 348 (1) (B)
  • Robbery contrary to Section 344 (1) (B)

The 17-year-old has also been charged with Fail to Comply with an Undertaking contrary to Section 145 (3).

Both accused are being held in custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora on November 2, 2022.

The OPP North West Region Crime Unit and OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit continue the investigation, under the direction of OPP CIB.